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Like that great bestseller Indecent Exposure, this shocking expose is an epic that began with a small incident--an income tax investigation--which exploded to show the pervasive corruption of an entire industry. The investigation grew and expanded to involve the FBI, the Justice Department, extortion, counterfeiting, bribery, even murder. 8 pages of photos.


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Like that great bestseller Indecent Exposure, this shocking expose is an epic that began with a small incident--an income tax investigation--which exploded to show the pervasive corruption of an entire industry. The investigation grew and expanded to involve the FBI, the Justice Department, extortion, counterfeiting, bribery, even murder. 8 pages of photos.

30 review for Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia

  1. 4 out of 5

    fonz

    Ojalá alguien le hubiera pasado a Scorsese este libro antes de que se pusiera a pergeñar la decepcionante "Vinyl". Se trata de una investigación periodística que, a pesar de tratar de cosas con tan poco glamour como los fiscales de distrito, ejecutivos de discográficas, la banalidad del día a día de los currantes de la Mafia, las cortes de justicia y el fascinante mundo burocrático de las fuerzas represivas estadounidenses, resulta muy entretenida en general, quizá en algún momento se complica d Ojalá alguien le hubiera pasado a Scorsese este libro antes de que se pusiera a pergeñar la decepcionante "Vinyl". Se trata de una investigación periodística que, a pesar de tratar de cosas con tan poco glamour como los fiscales de distrito, ejecutivos de discográficas, la banalidad del día a día de los currantes de la Mafia, las cortes de justicia y el fascinante mundo burocrático de las fuerzas represivas estadounidenses, resulta muy entretenida en general, quizá en algún momento se complica demasiado, como cuando el asunto central del libro se enreda con el escándalo de payolas de los ochenta que quedó en agua de borrajas, pero es algo que me ocurrió sólo en contadas ocasiones. También me hizo gracia un recurso habitual del autor, de acabar casi todos los capítulos con una zanahoria para el lector, pero bueno, no molesta. El argumento narra muy detalladamente la complicada venta por parte de la MCA de unos discos descatalogados a un distribuidor de vinilos y cassettes de saldo, que acaba convirtiéndose en una movida importante con la Mafia como principal protagonista, una trama que, de haberse permitido investigar, hubiera alcanzado al propio Ronald Reagan y el gobierno de los USA. Al final uno se queda con la idea de que el capitalismo en los ochenta se ha transformado en una amalgama de corporaciones en simbiosis con la estructura del Estado, una estructura corrupta de la que apenas se puede arañar la superficie de su naturaleza y menos aún combatirla desde las reglas de la legalidad, tal y como comprueban amargamente los dos investigadores de fraudes que acaban renunciando (o siendo expulsados de la función pública) simplemente por cumplir con su trabajo. Ahí lo lleváis, reformadores del sistema.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    A friend of mine recommended this book to me as background on Scorpio, the production company that is generally responsible for those cheap, flimsy-jacketed, pirate-looking vinyl reissues. If you grabbed a cheap copy of the Velvet Underground & Nico for $8.99 and it looks like someone posted a bad photocopy of the label onto the middle of the record, Scorpio is responsible. The book is about a DOJ and IRS investigation into MCA Records in the 1980s, an investigation that was quashed at the highe A friend of mine recommended this book to me as background on Scorpio, the production company that is generally responsible for those cheap, flimsy-jacketed, pirate-looking vinyl reissues. If you grabbed a cheap copy of the Velvet Underground & Nico for $8.99 and it looks like someone posted a bad photocopy of the label onto the middle of the record, Scorpio is responsible. The book is about a DOJ and IRS investigation into MCA Records in the 1980s, an investigation that was quashed at the highest levels of the Justice Department just when it was on the verge of widespread success and exposure to MCA. It's a pretty good read, but didn't shed too much light on Scorpio (though Scorpio was a significant player in part of the investigation into the sale of cut-out records).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael J. Flynn

    Great insights into how the now top brass in the music biz think and how the industry as we know it was created.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rob Paczkowski

    Probably out of print I assume but wow! I thought I wouldn't make it out of the first couple chapters. What a story. Probably out of print I assume but wow! I thought I wouldn't make it out of the first couple chapters. What a story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Fascinating read about a tax evasion case which propels a straight-shooting Justice Department lawyer into a scandal that threatens to shake up an entire record company and spread into the highest echelons of government. Of course, it doesn't, and the reasons why may never be completely known. Still, the author (a former L.A. Times reporter who covered the story) tells a compelling tale. Fascinating read about a tax evasion case which propels a straight-shooting Justice Department lawyer into a scandal that threatens to shake up an entire record company and spread into the highest echelons of government. Of course, it doesn't, and the reasons why may never be completely known. Still, the author (a former L.A. Times reporter who covered the story) tells a compelling tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill Varon

    Only reason I read this was to familiarize myself with MCA while I sold them a lot of software in the early '90's. I used this book as research into the MCA corporation. It wasn't a great read, but certainly helped in my sales campaign. Only reason I read this was to familiarize myself with MCA while I sold them a lot of software in the early '90's. I used this book as research into the MCA corporation. It wasn't a great read, but certainly helped in my sales campaign.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    reading this books makes me glad i only ever MILDLY annoyed some of the people it portrays.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    MCA had multiple mob ties, including some at the highest levels. This book is about smaller affairs, possibly coincidental.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Beck

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Rybak

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul Campagna

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Abbattista

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Knoedelseder

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eduardo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brett Severson

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Walis

  18. 5 out of 5

    Greg Cohen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Divyansh Saxena

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sm

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ki

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deedee Defabio-lake

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lil Mike

  26. 5 out of 5

    Farnan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sérgio Noronha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Samara

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